I first came across Lost Summer Kitten sometime in 2006, having stumbled upon their song Love Song No. 1 and instantly adored it's melancholic bittersweetness. It quickly became a staple of mixtapes made for friends and I couldn't resist playing it on the radio in Nottingham and Vancouver time and time again, much to the chagrin of fellow presenters who asked whether it was really necessary to play the same song so frequently (answer: yes, it was).
Fast forward 4 years to a cold February evening in 2010 and I'm meeting a few Swedes in the pub in Camden before heading over to the opening night of London Popfest. At that point, I barely knew them, having met only once before at a Twee As Fuck night a few months earlier. Conversation turned to the songs we'd put on mix CDs for the mix exchange at the popfest alldayer, and, old habits being hard to break, Lost Summer Kitten was on the CD I'd painstakingly put together. Turns out I was drinking "jugs of whatever" ale with LSK, who promptly reformed on the 242 bus back into the city after a few more beers to serenade the passengers with their sublime three-way harmonies of love, loss and loneliness. They've never been far from my heart since. Lost Summer Kitten are Matilda Hjärtstam, Lisa Westerlund, Dennis Hollström and Amanda Nordin.
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Releases Fika002 Lost Summer Kitten - Not Another Sad Song [Cassette/DL]